Fans of [lastfm]Ryan Adams[/lastfm] have come to expect the unexpected from their fearless musical hero. Each new cycle in his career finds him in another state of mind, another fleeting moment of creativity, whether productive or destructive. His level of accessibility to his fans swings from wide-open (like when he discovered Tumblr) to near-reclusive. As stones go he’s definitely a roller, rarely settling down long enough to gather moss.
From 2004 to 2009 Adams primarily recorded and performed as [lastfm]Ryan Adams & The Cardinals[/lastfm], crafting a gorgeous body of work that included four full albums and one EP called Follow The Lights. The music from this time period is considered by many to be some of his finest work, which is why the release of III/IV has caused such a stir. Read on to find out what’s included in this new double-album release from The Cardinals.
The songs on III/IV will have a familiar feeling for people who were fans of Cardinals albums Jacksonville City Nights and Easy Tiger. Recorded at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios beginning in 2006, the tracks on III/IV have never been heard before. Some songs from those sessions, which lasted six months and resulted in over 60 recordings, were included on Easy Tiger. The rest sat unused and unpublished until now.
It’s not clear from Adams’ public statements whether [lastfm]Ryan Adams & The Cardinals[/lastfm] will ever reprise their partnership and re-form as a band. Certainly the fans’ appetite for this material has not waned. But just as many long-time Ryan Adams fans yearn for the return of [lastfm]Whiskeytown[/lastfm], those who perfer the Cardinals period may also find themselves pining for days gone by, their wishes going unfulfilled.
All the more reason to listen to III/IV and revel in these hidden gems from one of this artist’s most productive periods.
Here’s the full track listing for III/IV: